Tom was brought in by a friend who wore a distinctly sheepish expression as he manoeuvred the wheel chair along the corridor. The patient had a particularly swollen and painful right foot; even I didn’t need an x-ray to tell me that something was amiss.
“This chap ran over my foot” he said by way of an explanation when I asked him what had happened. In fact, what he said differed slightly from that but as I am a lady I find I am unable to repeat the colloquial and somewhat colourful words that he actually used.
Tom had managed to bag a lift home after a hard day on the building site. He jumped out of the 4×4 while his mate was stopped at a red light but leant back in the car to retrieve his rucksack just as matey was beginning to pull away. The back wheel drove right over his steel toe capped boot that housed the afore mentioned right foot. Having witnessed Tom’s potty-mouth first-hand I can only imagine what delights must have been emitted as the vehicle lolloped over it – the thought made me blush!
His x-ray was quite spectacular (see below). You can see below that many of the bones in the mid-foot had been pushed outwards to the right (dislocated) and a couple of them were also fractured, the bone leading up to his big toe was also dislocated to the left, this type of fracture called a Lisfranc after Jacques Lisfranc, Napolean’s military surgeon in the early 1800′s. Surgery would be required to return the bones to their natural position and fix them there. I have put two radiographs here to show you how his foot looked and how it should look.